ODD SOCK SEEKS
Tessters Odd Sock
will get another shot at a stakes purse and this time he
will have a favorable post on the gate.
The son of Usher
Hanover out of Armbro Nancy, who was named B.C.ís
two-year-old colt of the year for 2006, had the outside
post in the Sales Stake final in December, but was parked
and eventually distanced.
This Saturday he
will be going for the winnerís share of the $100,000
Stallion Stake for three-year-old colts and geldings from
He has been made the
6-5 overnight favorite after his qualifying division win
two weeks ago in 1:58.3 for owner (along with Jan
Dryden)/trainer/driver Rick White.
His main threat will
likely come from Told Ya Fred and a three-horse entry from
the Robert Murphy barn.
Fred, trained by
Grant Hollingsworth, was second to Odd Sock in their
division and has the three-hole Saturday.
Red Star Paylater,
part the entry with Red Star Survivor and Red Star Quadra,
won his division in a new life mark 1:57.4. Paylater, a
son of Bilateral and trained and driven by Mike Bourgeois,
won for the third time in eight starts in his career. His
main problem will be the seven hole on the gate.
three-horse entry, led by Red Star Superstar, will be
favored (8-5) in the filly race.
Superstar, in her
first lifetime start, paced to a 2Ĺ-length victory in
1:58.3 in her qualifying division. Trained and driven by
Clint Warrington, Superstar, a daughter of Storm
Compensation, beat Schadenfreude to the wire.
Superstar will have
Red Stars Poppy and Sugar Gal as mates while
Schadenfreude, owned by Jim Findlay, will have a mate in
Vaminos Diablo and has been made 2-1 second choice.
start from the three spot while Superstar is in the six
Stallion Stakes for four-year-olds headed straight to
Fridayís $25,000 finals as only four mares and eight colts
entered and there was no need for eliminations.
In fact, with only
four starters the four-year-old mares will race in a
non-wagering event. Stakes queen and open challenger
Furious Five, with more than a quarter million dollars in
earnings in her career, is considered too much for
Kootenay Princess, Lady Lana and Dreamy Martini to handle.
In the coltsí battle
Silk Puddles, also a former stakes champion, has been made
the 2-1 overnight choice for trainer Helmut Ratz. Puddles
will start from the four hole, between Rogerthedodger, at
7-2, and Madpan, who has been installed as the 9-2 third
STRONG, PASS: For the fourth straight week there was a
different winner in the open, with $35,000 claimers, event
last weekend at the Downs.
Active Pass, like
Thisisbliss the week before, captured the event in
impressive fashion last Saturday.
Active Pass, a
five-year-old son of Kents On Nuke, stalked the pace, made
a backstretch move and pulled away in the last quarter for
a 1:53.4 mile, his lifetime best. The 5-2 third choice won
by half a length over Heavy Rain Warning, who had led most
of the way, while a strong-closing Armbro Blacktie, the
8-5 favorite, was third.
Active Pass, who was
driven by Serge Masse for owner Kalla Judge and trainer
Gord Abbott, now has won three of his last four starts.
The victory pushed his career earnings to more than
Blacktie and Red
Star Senator, now in Ontario, were the other recent open
ANOTHER HIT FOR
CHER: Cher The Wealth found an interesting way to get
back to the winnerís enclosure.
After her five-race
winning streak was halted the week before in a $20,000
claiming event with the boys, Cher moved up in class to
take on the open and $35,000 claiming mares.
Using her usual
blazing early speed for owner/trainer/driver Serge Masse,
Cher The Wealth led gate to wire to win in 1:53.3. It was
her career best clocking and just one fifth of a second
off the track record of 1:53.2 for aged mares held by Ivys
daughter of Wheelin Chance was part of a 1-5 favored entry
with Furious Five. Miss St Labush, a 10-1 shot, was
second, 2ĺ lengths back, and 30-1 shot Red Star Ginny was
Coco Bongo and
Furious Five, who had shared winning the last five open
events, were fifth and fourth respectively.
Cher now has 38
lifetime wins and more than $177,000 career earnings.
Jim Marino and Serge Masse, who have had a good meet get
even better since Bill Davis left for Edmonton, continue
to lead the driver derby in 2007.
Each had six wins
last weekend. Marino had three victories each day while
Masse had a grand slam last Saturday.
Barry Treen and Dave
Hudon each had three wins while Clint Warrington had two.
Marino, Masse and
Treen paced all trainers with three trips to the winnerís
enclosure while Hudon had two.
Kootenay Finale moved up another notch in the claiming
ranks, but that did not stop her from extending her
winning streak to six.
daughter of Safe N Rich, was claimed for $4,000 on March
3. She moved up to $5,000 the next week and won and since
then has gone to $8,000 and $15,000 claiming events and
kept on winning. For the second straight week Finale set a
lifetime mark, this time 1:55 for owner/trainer/driver
Masse has another
hot horse in Eclipse This. The seven-year-old son of Royal
Dilemma rolled to his fifth victory in a row Ė and 21st
of his career. The recent wins have all been in the $4,000
class 1 claiming events.
Western Nitro, a
four-year-old gelded son of Western Hanover, made it two
wins in a row for trainer Dave Hudon, and pushed his
career earnings to more than $77,000.
Genuine Ellie Mae, a
five-year-old daughter of Usher Hanover, won her second
straight for trainer Erik Neyhart in a new life mark of
Warrawee Hero (h 4
Camluck) lowered his career best clocking to 1:58.3;
Yankee Money (g 7 Make A Deal) dropped his lifetime mark
to 1:56.3 while winning his third in his last four starts;
GG S Connfidence (m 4 Northern Luck) cut her best time to
1:59.4; Nazko Island (c 3 Island Fantasy) reduced his
career top mark to 1:57.2 and Red Star Islander (g 4
Island Fantasy) set his lifetime best at 1:57.2.